Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

Current Stage: Launched and implementation

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The list of past and upcoming events of the 10YFP SPP programme is available here.

To learn more about the 10YFP SPP Programme visions and objectives, read our vision document.

The Principles of Sustainable Public Procurement

A significant achievement of the SPP Programme is the adoption by the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Public Procurement Principles, which were publicly released in March 2015. To learn more about the Principles of Sustainable Public Procurement, click here

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The Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the 10YFP SPP Programme consists of 22 members. Check out the member organizations and their representatives by clicking here!


The newsletter serves as a key communication tool to keep you up-to-date on the programme's progress towards its two major goals of building the case for SPP and supporting SPP implementation on the ground. 

The fifth newsletter of the 10YFP SPP programme is finally available and can be accessed by clicking here.



COP21 side event on “Reducing GHG emissions through Sustainable Public Procurement” was organized by the 10YFP SPP programme’s Coordination Desk on 5 December at Cities and Regions Pavillion in Paris, France. The event aimed to raise awareness about the potential of SPP as a tool to reduce GHG emissions. The 10YFP SPP programme Working Group 2B report on “Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of SPP: Baseline Review and Development of a Guidance Framework” was officially released at the event. Three members of the 10YFP on SPP programme presented case studies on GHG emission reduction impacts of SPP from Europe (GPP 2020 Project), Asia (Korea) and North America (USA) through specific examples and empirical data. In addition, the Seoul Declaration on the role of sustainable procurement in the mitigation of climate change entitled “Mitigating Climate Change through Low Carbon Procurement” was presented on behalf of 13 partners of the 10YFP SPP programme. The major goals of the Declaration are to (1) highlight sustainable public procurement as a public policy tool for achieving national climate commitments, and (2) emphasize that aligned action of public and private sectors on sustainable procurement will accelerate achievement of widely shared climate goals. 

The side event was recorded and the film is made available on the SPP programme’s Library of Webinars hosted through the Global SCP Clearinghouse YouTube channel. For more information, please visit [here].

To read more news about the SPP programme activities, have a look at our newsletters:

Visit the SCP Clearinghouse website to get the latest news or information about upcoming events, or visit our YouTube channel to watch all past webinars.

New Partners

A2 Consulting

A2 Consulting is a French-based independent management consulting firm founded in 2000, working with key French and African private and public clients. It has a focus on transformation projects in various areas: risk management, commercial efficiency, sustainable procurement...


University of Torino

The PHD programme of the University of Torino includes research in the field of public procurement. A master programme in public procurement management, jointly organized with the International Training Center of the International Labour Office, focuses on sustainable development. 


Building on a 10-year journey

The 10YFP Programme on SPP further amplifies and extends the impact of the Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative (SPPI), which was launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference ( The SPPI was itself a continuation of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement, led by the government of Switzerland from 2005 until 2011. To view the main achievements of the Marrakech Task Force, please visit


The Sustainable Public Procurement Programme mainly aims at:

1. Building the case for SPP: improving the knowledge on SPP and its effectiveness as a tool to promote sustainable consumption and production, support greener economies and sustainable development.

2. Supporting the implementation of SPP on the ground through increased collaboration, and better access to capacity-building tools and support through SPP experts.

For more information about the programme: Download the 10YFP SPP programme brochure (English), also available in French and Spanish.

Geographical distribution of partners

The 10YFP SPP Programme is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and co-led by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI). A Multistakeholder Advisory Committee oversees the programme’s implementation, and work area coordinators carry out each specific working group’s tasks.

Click here for a complete list of our partners.

Interested in joining?

The SPP Programme is open to all organizations and individual experts that are interested in joining a collaborative platform to support the implementation of SPP.Why should I join?

  • Access a rich, expansive network of organizations and individuals all working together to foster the implementation SPP. 

  • Share your experience and learn from others

  • Benefit from advice and technical support on SPP implementation 

  • Apply for financial support for SPP activities in developing countries through the 10YFP Trust Fund, which issues calls for proposals on a periodic basis.

Download the application form to join the SPP programme!

Contact us: 

  • Lead: Farid Yaker, SPP Programme Officer, UNEP (

  • Co-lead: Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Capacity Centre (

  • Co-lead: Hyunju Lee, Associate Researcher, Sustainability Strategy Office, Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (


Which activities does the SPP programme entail? 

SPP programme work areas

The SPP programme work plan is organized around 4 main pillars, delivered by time-bound and results-oriented working groups led by partner organizations. A description of working groups activities and outputs can be found in the chart below. All our publications are available as well on the SCP Clearinghouse E-library.


10YFP Trust fund

Sustainable Public Procurement projects selected

The 10YFP Trust Fund call for proposals of the SPP Programme was launched in December 2014 to provide financial support to projects focusing on SPP implementation. The pre-screening of proposals by the 10YFP Secretariat and the evaluation of applications by the MAC members were completed in February 2015. 

Three projects have been pre-approved to receive 10YFP Trust Fund support under the first call for proposals on SPP: in South Africa, a proposal from the Western Cape Government in cooperation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); in Uruguay, a proposal from the Ministry of Environment, the National Procurement Agency, in cooperation with UNOPS; and in the Philippines, a proposal from the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development and the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department of Quezon City.

The UNEP SPP Approach

The UNEP's SPP Approach incorporates the lessons drawn from the testing of the Marrakech Task Force Approach in 7 pilot countries: Costa Rica, Uruguay, Mauritius, Tunisia, Chile, Colombia and Lebanon.

The SPP Approach aims to guide project countries through a set of steps in building an effective SPP programme. It leads to the creation of a policy framework that legitimizes actions for SPP implementation, by, at the same time, recognizing that different countries have different legal frameworks for procurement, needs and tools at their disposal.

UNEP continues assisting 16 countries on Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling through the EC-funded “SPP and Eco-labelling” (SPPEL) and “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP-GREEN) projects. You can consult the outputs of the project countries here.     



The UNEP SPP Approach consists in 4 steps:

STEP 1)     Project countries create a Steering Committee comprised of relevant stakeholders with the duty to oversee project implementation and ensure a nation-wide and comprehensive effort to apply SPP.

STEP 2)     Project countries assess their procurement practices and conduct a legal review to analyze the current legislative framework for procurement in the country and to evaluate the possibilities for integrating social and environmental criteria into procurement activities. A country-based market readiness analysis is carried out in order to define the existing capacity to supply sustainable products and services and the potential responsiveness of the market to SPP tenders. The market readiness analysis must focus on those goods and services that have been "prioritized" for being incorporate into the public procurement system.  

STEP 3)     After successful completion of these initial steps, project countries have the capacity to develop a country-based SPP Policy and Action plan, including a capacity building programme for procurement officers.

STEP 4)     UNEP experts assist project countries in the implementation of their SPP policy over the course of one year. This step builds on the results achieved in all the previous phases, and focuses primarily on the insertion of sustainability criteria in the procurement cycle.


For a more in-depth description of the UNEP SPP approach, download the official UNEP SPP Implementation Guidelines by clicking on the image below.